Super Bowl weekend isn’t for everyone, so as an alternative Palmetto Bay welcomed families out to the 2nd annual Camping in the Park & Movie Night. Set in Coral Reef Park, there was something for everyone.
The 18-hour event was located the southeast section of the park and once again showcased how the Parks Department can utilize park resources in ever new and interesting ways.
All of the 160 tent locations were sold out days before the Saturday-into-Sunday event. But even without staying overnight, hundreds of others came out to enjoy kayaking on the C100 canal...
...telescope stargazing, tours of police and rescue equipment...
...field games like the 3-legged race and of course the giant camp fire for roasting marshmallows.
The evening highlight was the screening of two feature films… Empires of the Sun with live narration by film’s director, Rickard Kern and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.
Frankie's Pizza, Kona Ice, Big Pig BBQ, Candy Bistro and Chef Frank on the Road were among the food trucks on hand to make sure the campers never got too hungry.
Cutler Bay resident Lisa Stevens (left) brought out her family of seven children. “This is great family time. The kids have seen lots of nature, gone kayaking and we are looking forward to the night hike, campfire and movies. You can’t beat being in nature and having a nice, quick cheap getaway that’s only ten minutes from home!”